The Arab Electorate and Parties, 2019–2021: Toward a Non-Zionist Israeli Identity?

Doron Navot, Samer Swaid, Mohammed Khalaily

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The period between the elections for the 21st Knesset and the inauguration of the 36th government was unstable for politicians, parties, and the Arab public as a whole. This chapter argues that this instability is rooted in how the Arab parties and politicians attempt to construct a new Israeli identity among their electorate – a non-Zionist Israeli Identity. We describe the characteristics of the non-Zionist Israeli identity, explain what led to its development, and point out its main political manifestations. This chapter presents a distinction between the orientation of the shrunken Joint List (that includes Hadash, Balad, and Ta’al only) and that of Ra’am, headed by Mansur Abbas. While the former emphasizes the Palestinian identity, the importance of Israeli citizenship, and the aim to democratize Israel, the latter stresses Arab identity, local issues, and a conservative agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Elections in Israel, 2019–2021
EditorsMichal Shamir, Gideon Rahat
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781003267911
StatePublished - 2022


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